The College of Nursing honored Dr’s. David W. Carley and Diana J. Wilkie at our inaugural Investiture Ceremony this past October, 2013. The event, with dinner and pomp, was held at the University Club of Chicago. Both were celebrated by Provost Lon Kaufman, Dean Weaver and peer faculty members.

David Carley, PhD is the inaugural recipient of the Katherine M. Minnich Endowment Professorship in Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research. Since 2006, he has served as a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science and the Colleges of Medicine and Bioengineering. He is also director of the Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research in the CON. His research focuses on the neurobiology of sleep disorders, aimed at defining their causes and consequences and to develop improved diagnostic and therapeutic options. In 2010, Dr. Carley was named a UIC Inventor of the Year and he holds numerous national and international patents. He is also author of over 85 peer-reviewed publications, numerous book chapters, has had many roles within the American Thoracic Society and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Physiology

Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Harriet H. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research and is a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science. Dr. Wilkie is nationally and internationally recognized for her contributions to knowledge development in pain management and end-of-life transitions for vulnerable populations. She is also well-known for innovative development and application of information technology for transfer of scientific knowledge into clinical practice and in fostering the education and mentoring of clinical scientists in interdisciplinary and translational research. Her research has earned Dr. Wilkie many awards from regional, national and international organizations. In 2012, she received a University of Illinois Scholar Award and was elected to the Institute of Medicine.